Re: Wy cant D stop a 3rd and forever?
posted at 11/4/2013 9:13 AM EST
In response to Muzwell's comment:
I don't know, I think the current d-line is playing about the same as the VW/TK version. Better in terms of pressure. About the same against the run. The only teams they held under 100 yards all year were Tampa and Atlanta, a couple of bottom feeders where they got big leads and they had to throw. Total yards against are about the same.
Pittsburgh had two carries for 55 yards (Dwyer for 30 and Bell for 25) and gained 53 yards on the other 18 carries (2.9 ypc).
Don't let your lying eyes deceive you. VW was a shell of his former self. Kelly was playing well, but it's not like he was terrorizing QBs. Jones has replaced him nicely.
I maintain that the key for this team is the health of Talib. If he comes back at the level he was at when he went down, this defense will be right back to where it was. Less depth, but look around the league, guys are dropping like flies.
It's going to be a cumulative effect, team are slowly waking up to the realization they can run on us, our linebackers are moving closer and closer to the line to make up for the runs up our belly, over time taking on larger blockers like guards instead of fullbacks will beat down Hightower and Spikes in the middle and we're becoming more susceptible to the pass because we're relying more on our linebackers to stop the run and our pass rush is taking longer to get to the QB.
Before we could rush four guys and get to the QB, now we have to commit more pass rushers, we're sending the house, a very well balanced playoff caliber QB and team will be able to exploit this, unless our offense can win a shootout this is a bad thing and since we know defense wins championships we need to improve in the middle. We're keeping pace with our sacks which was never great but it's because we're sending more people, this will be feast or famine. Big powerful O Lines will be our kryptonite.
Our defense has gone from top three, maybe the best in the NFL to 8th and trending downward... it starts upfront.